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Ruth Ida (Glessing) Kramer

Ruth Ida (Glessing) Kramer, age 89, of Cokato, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at the Cokato Manor, after suffering a severe stroke Sept. 27.

She was born May 15, 1919, in Cokato, the eldest child of Jacob and Ethel (nee Pettit) Glessing. Ruth was baptized and confirmed into the Christian religion at St. James Lutheran Church, where she was a life-long member.

In 1934, Ruth’s mother passed away during childbirth leaving Ruth, as the oldest child and woman of the house, to care for her father and six younger brothers.

Ruth was united in marriage to Michael N. Kramer March 15, 1941. This union resulted in two children; Duane, born in 1944; and Susan, born in 1955.

Ruth and her family resided in the Howard Lake-Cokato area, where her husband first ran a portable feed mill, and later operated the Cokato Laundromat.

Ruth’s family was her life, and she gave of herself generously. She had two passions: one was reading her Bible, and the other was reading cookbooks or magazines that contained recipes. Many of her friends and family noted throughout her life that “Ruth never met a cookbook she didn’t like.”

Ruth was preceded in death by her father; mother; two brothers, Dale and Gerald; husband; and daughter; as well as a stillborn daughter in 1943.

She is survived by her son, Duane “Butch” (Carol) Kramer of Herndon, VA; three grandsons, Jeffrey (Kara) Kramer of California, MD; Nicholas Kramer of Fayetteville, NC; and Adam Larson of Eagan; four brothers: Lloyd Glessing, Eldon Glessing (Joyce), Marvin “Mark” (Delores) Glessing, all of Howard Lake, and Laurel “Jack” (Fern) Glessing of Cokato; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, followed by interment at Dutch Lake Cemetery in Howard Lake.

Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Wednesday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake and Cokato.